Rod Blum

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Rod Blum
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U.S. House, Iowa, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBruce Braley (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Place of birthDubuque, Iowa
ProfessionBusiness Owner and Real Estate Developer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rod Blum campaign logo
Rod Blum is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Iowa's 1st Congressional District. He defeated Patrick Murphy (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] He won the nomination in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.[2]

Biography

Blum was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Blum's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1977: Graduated from Loras College with a B.A.
  • 1989: Graduated from University of Dubuque with a M.B.A
  • 2015-Present: U.S. House Representative, Iowa's 1st Congressional District

Blum is owner of Digital Canal Software.[3] He is also a student pilot, real estate developer, and has, for the last 10 years, written a conservative column for the Telegraph Herald.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014

On March 27, 2013, Blum announced that he would enter the 2014 race for U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District of Iowa. Incumbent Rep. Bruce Braley ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, which left the 1st District seat open.[5] He won the nomination in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Murphy 48.8% 141,145
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRod Blum 51.1% 147,762
     Write-in Other 0.1% 399
Total Votes 289,306
Source: Iowa Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Iowa District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRod Blum 55% 16,886
Steve Rathje 37.2% 11,420
Gail Boliver 7.9% 2,413
Total Votes 30,719
Source: Iowa Secretary of State

Polls

General election
Poll Pat Murphy Rod BlumUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College (September 2-5, 2014)
34.6%33%32.3%+/-5.6300
Polling Co. Inc.
August 11-12, 2014
40%35%25%+/-4.9401
Myers Research and Strategic Services
July 31-August 4, 2014
51%40%9%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 41.87% 36% 22.1% +/-5.13 367
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Democratic primary
Poll Pat Murphy Monica VernonSwati DandekarAnesa KajtazovicDave O'BrienUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
April 8-10, 2014
30%9%9%11%6%34%+/-5.65300
David Binder Research
February 27-March 2, 2014
30%11%13%13%9%0%+/-4.9400
Myers Research
February 11-13, 2014
36%17%13%11%8%0%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 32% 12.33% 11.67% 11.67% 7.67% 11.33% +/-5.15 366.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Republican primary
Poll Rod Blum Steve RathjeGail BoliverUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
April 10-11, 2014
17%12%2%68%+/-5.65300
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2012

See also: Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Blum ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Iowa's 1st District. Blum sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[6] Bruce Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Blum was defeated by Ben Lange in the Republican primary.[7] Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 16, 2012. The primary elections took place on June 5, 2012.[8]

U.S. House, Iowa, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Lange 53.4% 13,217
Rod Blum 46.6% 11,551
Total Votes 24,768

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Blum's reports.[9]

Rod Blum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,107.92$(4,859.57)$98,248.35
October Quarterly[11]October 16, 2013$98,248.35$60,977.62$(18,423.79)$140,802.18
Year End[12]January 31, 2014$140,802$60,935$(26,680)$175,057
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$175,057$77,710$(42,000)$210,767
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$168,725$150,211$(57,220)$261,717
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2014$168,725$402,462$(344,345)$226,842
Running totals
$855,403.54$(493,528.36)

Personal

Blum is married to his wife, Karen, and is a father to Trevor, Taylor, Tanner and Sophie, a stepfather to Autumn, and surrogate father to Malcolm, a former basketball player of Blum's from Chicago.[3]

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Preceded by
Bruce Braley (D)
Iowa's 1st Congressional District
2015–present
Succeeded by
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